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NOVEL TO SCRIPT: How to Adapt, Structure, and Sell a Screenplay Based on a Book

At a Glance

  • How to successfully adapt a story based on a novel or non-fiction book; including, how to translate key elements from source material to best effect in a screenplay.
  • How to create a story structure that determines what characters, dialogue, and settings will survive the transition from book to screen.
  • How to option, adapt, and sell a literary property to Hollywood and stay attached.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Novels are worlds unto themselves, fully-rendered artistic visions that have more in common with films than screenplays. To translate from one medium to the next, one key ingredient must be identified and adapted: story.

Letting the story dictate what characters, sub-plots, and settings survive the adaptation process to the screen is the most successful way to structure a screenplay based on a book. But the process for unearthing a book’s essential story elements, reconstructing and reinvisioning characters, dialogue and setting for film can often be daunting.

This webinar will cover the analytical tools necessary to create a narrative structure for the screenplay…one that is based on the original material but allows the cinematic elements to come to the fore.

Great novels do not always lend themselves to visual storytelling. This webinar will demystify the deconstruction/reconstruction process essential in translating a book or novel into the visual language of screenwriting. Once successfully adapted, a novel and screenplay can double your odds of selling to Hollywood.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How to analyze a novel or book for successful adaptation to a screenplay
  • Tips on how to find the cinematic story in a novel
  • How to separate necessary story elements from extraneous detail
  • Identifying your main characters
  • How to create a timeline for events in the novel vs. screenplay
  • How to translate a scene from novel to screenplay
  • How to remove expensive production elements without diluting the story
  • How to reinvision the world of the novel into the world of the film
  • How to get literary characters to speak and act clearly for the screen
  • How to not get overwhelmed when literary characters go rogue on you

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

  • Writers who are interested in adapting material into a screenplay
  • Writers who have written a novel and want to adapt their work to a script
  • Writers who want to take their skills to the next level
  • Writers looking for literary material to option, adapt, and sell to Hollywood
  • Writers wanting to double their odds of a sale by optioning a book
  • Writers who want to create a niche for themselves as screenwriters
  • Writers who have been told, “This is great! I wish it was based on something.”

The Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.

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The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Charlotte Cook

Charlotte Cook, MFA, a former publisher brought to publication six award-winning novels before returning to story editing and consulting in 2010. Writer’s Digest, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly featured her and her philosophy on publishing during her tenure at KOMENAR. Charlotte has taught writing and story theory since 1993 and been a popular featured guest speaker and workshop leader at writers conferences throughout California and across the U.S. Many of her students have been published, found agents, won contests, and entered graduate programs. Charlotte has also served as a final judge in several fiction categories for the annual intern...

Meet the Author: Jon James Miller

Jon James Miller won Grand Prize of the 2008 AAA Screenplay Contest sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine, the 2009 Golden Brad for Drama and was a finalist in the 2011 Austin Writers Conference for “Garbo’s Last Stand.”  Jon co-wrote Adapting Sideways: How To Turn Your Screenplay Into A Publishable Novel (Komenar Publishing), which chronicled the process of adapting his screenplay to novel. Garbo’s Last Stand is Jon’s first novel. He is represented by Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and Michael Cendejas at the Lynn Pleshette Literary Agency.

$79.00